The Benefits of a Home Gym

For years I was the consummate gym rat. Hit the gym, see the same crowd of guys, lift for 1 hour (cue grunting and dropping heavy weight on the mats), hit the treadmill or elliptical for 30 min while watching TV, then head out. I’d done this same routine for years and was pleased with the results and the routine. Tony Horton’s P90X was my first introduction to Beachbody and the variety instantly had me hooked. I never did Yoga, Core or ¾ of the exercises I saw in the infomercial so once I started I saw changes I’d never experienced. From there I added on Shaun T’s Insanity, The Asylum and Tony Horton’s One on One Series. I have even tried Chalene Johnson’s TurboFire and Chalene Extreme. In the 5 years of working with Beachbody programs, I have come to really appreciate home based workouts.

Some of the benefits about home gyms are-

No commute to the gym – It’s great to be 5 minutes away from my workout when I’m in my house. Since we are all crunched for time, this helps eliminate the excuses that we create regarding working out. How many times have you said to yourself “I’ll get to the gym after I finish this” or “the weather outside is a mess, I don’t feel like heading to the gym”. Having the ability to work out right in your home removes these barriers.

Expanded your horizons – Never in a million years would you see me in a room of people busting a Warrior 3 yoga pose with a clear head and focusing only on the moment. If you were able to pull me into a yoga class, I would be extremely self-conscious and embarrassed at my lack of flexibility. Being comfortable in your own home with no eyes on you, lets you focus on new challenges. Yoga, Core, Extreme Cardio, Weight Lifting, Choreographed Cardio, whatever your discomfort might be, being able to tackle them in private might be the way to explore new areas.

Simplicity – For someone walking into a gym for the 1st time, this could be an intimidating process. Unless you work with a personal trainer who will take you around to all the machines and equipment, it might take a while to get the most out of your gym. Learning new equipment, proper form and technique will take additional time and you might not create the best workout plan to maximize your results. Beachbody’s products are as easy as they come. They generally all come with a daily workout schedule to follow, daily meal planner with weight loss goals and of course the workout disk that provide all the instruction you need. This approach gives you all the guidance you need to create the body you want. All you have to do is show up and push play.

Variety Over the years I have ordered many workout programs from Beachbody. I have the ability to mix/match many of the programs so every week my exercise plan changes. It is a great way to add variety and change intensity levels based on your mood for the day. At a gym, I found myself sticking to the same routine I did year after year. Granted, I saw benefits, but once I added variety to my workouts, my body changed quicker and I became much stronger.

Cost – Obviously this will vary by gym or person, but you usually pay a monthly fee to use a gym. With at-home programs, once you pay for the program it’s yours to use at any time. It is a onetime cost that you can use as much as you like.

Potential downside to working out at home –  Some people enjoy the camaraderie of working out at a gym. They see friends, socialize, get out of the house, etc… It also provides a sense of accountability when you have people waiting for you to show up. These are great aspects and good motivators. What I have found is that my workouts are much quicker and efficient once the socializing aspect was cut out.

To maintain the camaraderie aspect of a gym and provide motivation, Beachbody has created a great tool called the ‘SuperGym’. Once you join Team Beachbody, you have access to this on-line gym. You can log your daily workouts and make friends with ‘workout buddies’ so you can see what everyone is doing. You also have access to a great message board where you quickly make friends with other people that are doing the same workouts as you. You can join workout groups and fitness challenges to set goals for yourself and other team members. A great feature to the workout calendar is the ability to go back 2 years and revisit all of the workouts you have done. It’s a great sense of accomplishment to review your dedication and progress over the years.

Hopefully if you have never tried an at-home fitness program, this might help you give one a try. I still occasionally go into a gym specifically when I travel and I do enjoy them, but physically I feel I get a better more intense workout from a scheduled DVD program. It may or may not be for you, but it is worth a shot and I promise if you stick with the program for the scheduled amount of time, you will see positive results.

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